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September 23 2013

Farewell From Jasna Hadzic and Minneapolis, Minnesota

September 23rd, 2013Posted by 

Cities are a topic which have been studied, discussed, and written about for decades by notable figures such as Le Corbusier, Ebenezer Howard and Lewis Mumford; and is one that will likely be examined and written about for decades to come due to its complex nature and controversial significance. One may argue that this intricate […]

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September 12 2013

The Many Bridges of Minneapolis, Minnesota & Their Inherent Significance

September 12th, 2013Posted by 

A well-known fact is one of Minneapolis, Minnesota’s birthplaces of origin, situated at the Saint Anthony Falls on the mighty Mississippi River. This historical place is also the site of the Stone Arch Bridge, built in 1883 by James J. Hill for the Great Northern Railway. This former railroad bridge, located in downtown Minneapolis, has […]

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August 26 2013

Open Streets Comes to Minneapolis, Minnesota

August 26th, 2013Posted by 

Despite the extreme winter weather, Minneapolis, Minnesota has become nationally recognized as a walk-friendly community, earning a gold level designation. The Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) program encourages cities and towns across the United States to establish, promote and prioritize safe environments conducive to walking. Minneapolis’ success stems from the City’s outstanding planning policies and high […]

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August 12 2013

Building America’s ‘Most Livable City:’ Saint Paul, Minnesota On the Move

August 12th, 2013Posted by 

Building ‘the Most Livable City in America’ is a goal the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota has set out to achieve. As the quieter, yet more historically charming twin of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Saint Paul has kept under the radar in terms of new development and urban planning in past years. However, with the near completion […]

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July 29 2013

All is Abuzz as Minneapolis, Minnesota Becomes the #1 Foodie Scene

July 29th, 2013Posted by 

In recent years Minneapolis, Minnesota has become nationally recognized as the next big thing when it comes to the food scene. Even more so, with the recent onset of organic products and the local food movement, the Twin Cities have been booming with new restaurants conscious of the environment and the impact of producing and […]

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July 15 2013

Measuring the Impact of a Bike–Sharing System

July 15th, 2013Posted by 

The Bike-Sharing program has become increasingly popular over the last few years, as even the city of New York has joined the ranks of many other cities with its launch of Citi Bikes. It was, however, the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota that launched one of the largest urban bike-sharing systems in America back in June […]

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July 01 2013

The Revival of the Streetcar System in Minneapolis, Minnesota

July 1st, 2013Posted by 

Long before mass produced automobiles paved the way for interstates, the streetcar system was the dominant mode of transportation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In an effort to revive this old mode of public transportation, several studies have been conducted, resulting in the Minneapolis Streetcar Feasibility Study Final Report. This report identified potential corridors for a long-term […]

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June 17 2013

City of Parks: The Inherent Importance of Park Land Preservation and Planning

June 17th, 2013Posted by 

The Trust for Public Land Park Score index ranked the “City of Lakes” Minneapolis, Minnesota as the #1 Park System in the Nation, with New York, NY coming in second. The city’s park system scored high in every category, which includes the size of the parks, the amount of money spent on them, and their […]

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June 03 2013

Impact of Sports Facilities: Unveiling the New $975 million Football Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota

June 3rd, 2013Posted by 

On May 13, 2013, the schematic design for the new Vikings Football Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota was unveiled to the public. The total project cost of this 65,000 seat stadium is set at $975 million, with $498 million being split between the City of Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota. With the 2010 opening of […]

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May 20 2013

Successful Public Space: The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in Minnesota Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

May 20th, 2013Posted by 

“Great public spaces are where celebrations are held, social and economic exchanges take place, friends run into each other, and cultures mix. They are the “front porches” of our public institutions – libraries, field houses, neighborhood schools – where we interact with each other and government. When the spaces work well, they serve as a […]

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May 06 2013

The History of Urban Demolition: A Book Review of Jeff Byles’ Rubble

May 6th, 2013Posted by 

With the recent news and onset of the Residential Demolition Program in Detroit, Michigan, or as termed by Jeff Byles, “demolition central,” the question and significance of historically significant demolition projects came to mind. In order to get to the bottom of this subject matter, one must pose an important question of whether the industry […]

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April 22 2013

Addressing Food Security in Urban Settings: Twin Cities, Minnesota

April 22nd, 2013Posted by 

With the continuing onset of urbanization, urban poverty continues to grow and so does the importance of food security. The subsequent response to this emerging problem has been the emergence of community gardening and locally produced foods for many city-dwellers. In addition, with increased urbanization comes the issue of poor and unsanitary living conditions and […]

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April 08 2013

Rethinking Design for Social Housing to Make Better Communities

April 8th, 2013Posted by 

Different models of public housing have been planned and constructed over the years, ranging from Le Corbusier’s inspired super-blocks to less dense low-rises. Often, the less dense form of housing has been designed with separate entries, limited communal or shared space, and an abundance of parking lots. As social housing has evolved, so has the […]

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March 25 2013

The Outlook for Middle America: Planning for Declining Cities of the Midwest

March 25th, 2013Posted by 

What once was an economically thriving steel, automobile, and manufactured parts region of the twentieth century, the modern Midwest landscape depicts a contrasting existence of abandoned factories, boarded up buildings, and deteriorating main streets. As the Midwest moves forward, it is evident from numerous examples such as Detroit, Michigan, that many cities will have to […]

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March 11 2013

The Broadway: Reclaiming and Re-Imagining Historic Warehouses through Creative Development in Minneapolis, Minnesota

March 11th, 2013Posted by 

Known as a predominantly industrial and blue-collar neighborhood, the Northeast Minneapolis District in Minneapolis, Minnesota has been experiencing a significant economic and physical transformation in the last few decades, and has become closely affiliated with sustainable living and its growing artist population. Historic warehouses and old factories have taken on a new purpose of artist […]

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February 25 2013

Bridging Diversity: Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis, Minnesota

February 25th, 2013Posted by 

The Twin Cities prides itself on its diversity. Unbeknownst to many, it is home to the largest Somali population in the U.S. In addition, it has the largest Hmong population outside Laos, the second-largest Vietnamese and Ethiopian populations, and one of the fastest-growing Latino/Hispanic populations in the country. The different cultures have helped shape the […]

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February 11 2013

Incorporating Active Living into City Planning in the Twin Cities: Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota

February 11th, 2013Posted by 

With the continuing onset and prevalence in obesity and diagnosed diabetes among adults, as well as children in the United States, active living is becoming an integral factor for all levels of urban planning – city, county, and statewide. What once used to be a mundane occurrence, physical activity has become completely disassociated from our […]

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January 28 2013

Placemaking: Returning a Town Center to Richfield, Minnesota

January 28th, 2013Posted by 

“It is difficult to design a place that will not attract people. What is remarkable is how often this has been accomplished.” – William H. Whyte All too often, activities and design elements that facilitate public gatherings are disregarded, leaving many public and civic spaces under-utilized. Technically speaking, short-term or continuous public projects in public […]

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January 14 2013

Taking the Alternative Route to Redevelopment: Lyndale Gardens in Richfield, Minnesota

January 14th, 2013Posted by 

In recent years, the approach to redevelopment has taken on the repetitive approach of high-rise apartment complexes with first floor commercial space consisting of high-end retail and/or office space; further accompanied by vast amounts of parking. This type of development rarely takes into account the connectivity and accessibility to the surrounding area, or sustainability. Contradictory […]

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December 31 2012

A Creative Approach to Community Building via Creative CityMaking Initiative in Minneapolis, Minnesota

December 31st, 2012Posted by 

The arts have always been an important mechanism of integration and a valuable tool in community-based building, particularly in urban and diverse settings. Economically based studies indicate that the arts are a secure investment for urban centers and are habitually supported and championed by the community in times of both economic growth and fiscal difficulty. […]

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